Three weeks after his tearful goodbye from WKBW-TV (Channel 7) went viral, Nick Filipowski is joining rival WIVB-TV (Channel 4) as a weekend sports anchor and multimedia journalist.
In announcing the move, Channel 4 General Manager Dominic Mancuso said: "It’s a great opportunity to add someone who knows the market, the teams, the players and can hit the deck running with a passion for Buffalo sports. He will be on the air later this week."
Filipowski, who worked three years at Channel 7, replaces Tom Martin, who left Channel 4 last week after two years for a job in Kansas City.
At the end of his Channel 7 goodbye, Filipowski professed his love of Western New York and added he "unfortunately" had to go and didn't know where his next move was going to be.
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That led some viewers to believe he was fired.
According to Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse, Filipowski had two chances to stay at the ABC affiliate if he had wanted to remain and he declined both times.
"Nick informed us several months ago of his intention to not renew his contract," wrote Nurse three weeks ago. "He made it clear he wanted to pursue other opportunities outside of Buffalo. I personally asked him if he wanted to reconsider a month ago."
Filipowski joins sports director Josh Reed and Shannon Shepherd on Channel 4's sports team.
The biggest impact Filipowski made at Channel 7 was in his farewell address, which got national attention, thanks to being picked up by Barstool Sports and led to a variety of reactions from viewers. Some felt for Filipowski and thought it very sad, others over the top. I thought it was both. Still others, unfamiliar with him because they don't watch third-rated Channel 7, thought "Who is that guy?"
Now, Western New Yorkers will get a chance to better know him by watching Channel 4.